In the Spotlight: Dec. 9, 2011

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  • Thomas Whitham, a Regents’ Professor of biological sciences, has been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which cited his distinguished contributions to the fields of community genetics and ecology. Fellows attain their rank because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. The association’s 2011 Fellows will be announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the Dec. 23 issue of Science.
  • The National Association for Schools of Public Administration, the accreditation body for master’s in public administration programs, has included two books by NAU professors in its list of important teaching resources. The citation is in the 2nd edition of the Teaching Resources Guide for Public Affairs and Administration. The editors noted that the book Comparative Public Administration: The Essential Readings (Research in Public Policy Analysis and Management, Volume 15), whose lead editor is Eric  E. Otenyo, associate professor of politics and international affairs, “is well-suited for practitioners and academic researchers that deal with important methodological and theoretical issues in the policy sciences.”

    Also cited is Managerial Discretion in Government Decision Making: Beyond the Street Level, which Otenyo coauthored with NAU professor Jacqueline Vaughn. The editors noted the book “provides a comprehensive discussion of managerial and executive discretion at all levels of government,” and “sets the stage for studying managerial discretion.”

  • Jack R. Ferrell, associate professor of sociology at NAU-Yuma, presented his paper, “Free Trade, Human Rights, and War: The Expanding U.S. Role in Colombia,” at the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies annual conference in Los Angeles in October.